Announcing support for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the forthcoming NA-120 by-poll, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri said on Thursday that he will continue with his democratic campaign and ‘keep fighting until Sharifs were hanged’ (for their alleged complicity in Model Town tragedy.
Addressing a joint press conference with Imran Khan in Lahore, Qadri said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif wasn’t ousted from power over Iqama but for being dishonest to the nation. He went on to call Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) members ‘killers of humanity,’ saying everyone saw how PAT activists were killed during the Model Town tragedy. The PAT chief asked people to vote in the NA-120 election on September 17 ‘to prevent dynastic politics from taking over once again’.
NA-120 fell vacant after the disqualification of Nawaz as prime minister for concealing assets in his nomination papers. The by-poll is scheduled for September 17, and the main contest is between Kulsoom Nawaz and PTI’s Yasmin Rashid. Speaking on the occasion, Imran said that while he had been issued a contempt notice by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), (former PM’s daughter) Maryam was running an election campaign with all powers of her party.
‘It is as if she has become the deputy prime minister,’ Imran said, and added, ‘Maryam is committing contempt (of the ECP) on a daily basis.’